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Feds, Local Authorities Arrest 17 People in Seattle Tied to Mexican Drug Trafficking

August 9, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds, Local Authorities Arrest 17 People in Seattle Tied to Mexican Drug Trafficking

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Seventeen people were arrested on Wednesday following a lengthy drug trafficking investigation that involved the FBI, Seattle Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration. More than 50 pounds of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine were seized.

According to court documents, the investigation of the so-called Asevez-Santillano drug trafficking organization included the use of confidential sources, controlled buys of drugs, seizures of drugs, surveillance and, ultimately, a series of court-authorized wiretaps over the past 18 months.

Then, on Wednesday, agents pounced, making arrests during raids at 20 locations.

Altogether, some 22 suspects have been indicted and charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances including methamphetamine and heroin. Some of the defendants also are charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, said U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.

The raids were carried out at 17 residences, three storage facilities and more than a dozen vehicles in Auburn, Bellevue, SeaTac, Seattle, Tukwila, Renton, Kent, Port Orchard and Everett, Hayes said. The drug ring has ties to California and Mexico, she said.

During the investigation, law enforcement seized more than 29 pounds of meth, more than 18 pounds of heroin, six pounds of cocaine, approximately $178,000 in cash and sixteen firearms, including five assault rifles.

“Heroin and methamphetamine continue to wreak havoc in our communities,” said Hayes. “I commend the law enforcement professionals who investigated this drug trafficking organization, taking large loads of drugs off the street, while also gathering key evidence to make these arrests and prosecutions possible.”

Due to the large quantities of drugs involved, some of the suspects face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years in prison if convicted.

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